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REDFEARN’S YOUNG BANTAMS TRIUMPH IN LINCOLN

7 March 2024

Match Reports

REDFEARN’S YOUNG BANTAMS TRIUMPH IN LINCOLN

7 March 2024

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Off the back of a clinical 3-2 victory over Rotherham United, City’s under-19s maintained their fine goalscoring form, defeating Lincoln City 3-1 away at the Bottesford Town’s Barrett Street Stadium in the EFL Youth Alliance North East Division.  

The first half was dominated by the Bantams as Camron Paul’s first strike for the youth team coupled with a Harry Ibbitson wondergoal saw them lead. Despite the threat of a Lincoln comeback in the second 45, Mo Sedibeh’s finish secured a comfortable win over the Imps.

The opening quarter of an hour foreshadowed a lively game with only Isaac Allen’s goalkeeping heroics preventing a City lead within five minutes.

As Donald Kamwa stormed forward, Mo Sedibeh timed his run into the area perfectly. His shot was pushed away by Allen, leaving the ball bouncing in front of Harry Ibbitson. However, Allen sprung up to tip the retuning striker’s volley wide of the post.

Yet, two minutes later, a mix-up at the back left Camron Paul with the opportunity to run through on goal. He took a touch and thundered the ball past a despairing Allen as City broke the deadlock.

As the game progressed, Lincoln sustained constant pressure in the final third but it was a shot from the halfway line that next caught the Imps out, as City doubled their lead in spectacular fashion.

Following a loose pass in the Bantams’ half, the confident Ibbitson set himself before spotting Allen off his line. He lobbed the ball over the shot stopper from distance to produce a moment of magic as the ball sailed into the top corner.

City continued their attacking intentions into the second half with Lewis Boney almost getting his name on the scoresheet before the hour mark. After being released in the box, his near-post shot was well diverted away by Allen.

Just after the hour mark, a bizarre turn of events left Lincoln with a penalty. A throw-in that Zac Hadi came out of his box to receive was intercepted. Jersey Lopez advanced towards an empty net, but felt contact from Max Murray before dropping to the ground.

Denny Oliver stepped up and converted the spot-kick past Hadi who dived to his left, to half the deficit.

Lincoln’s goal only motivated City to widen their cushion. Seventy-two minutes in, Mo Sedibeh almost applied the finishing touches to a nice move, however Allen got down superbly to block the ball with his leg.

Sedibeh did manage to find the back of the net three minutes before full-time, though, to complete the scoring for City and wrap up the victory.

Combining with Dylan Wilkinson down the left, the winger ran into the area looking to receive the ball back. When it came into him, he skilfully backheeled it past Allen as the young Bantams recorded a 3-1 away from home.

CITY XI: Zac Hadi, Max Murray, Lewis Boney (Dylan Wilkinson 77’), Sam Bentley, George Goodman (Fin Gledhill 67’), Leon Brooks, Mo Sedibeh (Franklin Denison 89’), Oliver Thompson, Harry Ibbitson, Camron Paul (Joel Martin 67’), Donald Kamwa. UNUSED SUBS: George Lord.

GOALS: Paul (8’), Ibbitson (28’), Mo Sedibeh (87’).

LINCOLN XI: Isaac Allen, Orin Aldridge, Kelly Fombad, Denny Oliver, Resharne McLean, Noah Simmons, Gbolahan Okewoye, Jersey Lopez, Bailey Adamson (Russell Burko 46’), Carter Ford (Dakara Wifa 66’), Zane Okoro. UNUSED SUBS: Kye Perkins.

GOALS: Oliver (62’ pen).


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